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The Look For

Taylor Meredith

After getting great feedback I have included an image of my "Look For" sheet. There is also a link to the pdf in blue. 

Last year, I read Doug Lemov's Practice Perfect and it was an incredible eye-opener. It gave names to some of the strategies I already employ in my classroom and in my life, it gave clarity to things that I should be doing and it gave purpose to some strategies I knew worked but wasn't sure why.

Two HUGE lightbulbs for me were:

1) When things are routine and expected, we free up space in our brain for more creative thinking. Some of my greatest ideas occur while blow drying my hair so this totally makes sense! 

2) The importance of calling your shots. I tell students what to look for when I am modeling, thinking aloud or playing back a video. I need to do this with adults as well. Especially if I want specific feedback that will move forward.

So I added a "Look For" sheet to my feedback folder. 

Using the Danielson framework descriptors, I identified four different components and the corresponding elements that I was working on improving. These elements were dependent on my current classroom climate and current units of study. In calling my shots I took steps to ensure that the feedback I received would be relevant, immediately applicable and non-evaluative. Observers did not need to feel uncomfortable about giving me feedback on using questioning and discussion techniques because I WAS ASKING FOR IT. 

I'll be honest. It wasn't easy to sit down with the Framework and really think about exactly where I needed to improve.  Each year brings new adventures and new opportunities, new strengths and new weaknesses. It can be very scary to put yourself out there and say, I know I need to work on this. But taking ownership of this has been an incredible learning adventure. It has changed me and it has changed my classroom. I am better for my students. 

As always, #feedbackplease

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